PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers made a few stops in Russell County Monday, touring schools and listening to concerns from residents. He got an earful on some of the state's hot button issues, from health care to gambling to teacher cuts.
Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers took time during the House of Representatives Easter break to reach out to residents in his district.
He told News Leader Nine, "Sometimes when you have town hall meetings in a town hall or county commission chamber, people are uncomfortable so we are trying to hold these in a more comfortable, familiar venue."
Residents from all over the area gathered at the Russell County Library for "Congress On Your Corner", a series Rogers is taking all over the state.
"When I have these meetings I hear about healthcare and frustration that our administration continues to push that when we're opposed to it, instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, which is what they care most about... And for obvious reasons," said Rogers.
Rogers tells us his district, including Chambers, Lee and Russell Counties, are averaging 10 to 15 percent unemployment rates, "I've got Hyundai in my district. I've got Honda in my district. The new Kia plant is only one mile outside my district. We have two dozen supplier plants. Really auto manufacturing has replaced textiles in its dominance in this area and auto manufacturing has been hit hard."
After the open forum the next stop was to tour the facilities at Russell County High School. We asked him his reaction to the recent proration at the school. His response was, "When economic times get slow, the first place we feel it is in schools. I'm hopeful a result would be for the legislature to work on restructuring our taxes in Alabama and we'll have more stability in the school system."